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Tóibín, Colm 1955-

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Works: 206 works in 1,136 publications in 19 languages and 33,446 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Biographical fiction  Religious fiction  Short stories  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Conductor, Contributor, Narrator, zxx
Classifications: PR6070.O455, 823.914
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Brooklyn : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )
84 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 3,419 libraries worldwide
In Ireland in the early 1950s, Eilis Lacey is one of many who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving behind her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady's intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life -- and finally, she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy -- not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn. In Eilis Lacey, Colm Tóibín has created one of fiction's most memorable heroines, and captured, to stunning effect, the immigrant experience in Brooklyn in the 1950s, where young, eager hearts try to navigate the struggles of modern life
The master : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )
74 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 3,061 libraries worldwide
" ... In stunningly resonant prose, Toibin captures the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. The emoyional intensity of Toibin's portrait of James is riveting. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart and incapable of reconciling his dreams of passion with his own fragility." From the bookjacket
Nora Webster : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )
31 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 2,205 libraries worldwide
"From one of contemporary literature's bestselling, critically acclaimed and beloved authors, a magnificent new novel set in Ireland, about a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope. Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm T?ib?n's superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a haven--herself. Nora Webster is a masterpiece in character study by a writer at the zenith of his career, "beautiful and daring" (The New York Times Book Review) and able to "sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations" (USA TODAY). In Nora Webster, T?ib?n has created a character as iconic, engaging and memorable as Madame Bovary or Hedda Gabler"--
The testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín( Book )
44 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,970 libraries worldwide
A provocative imagining of the later years of the mother of Jesus finds her living a solitary existence in Ephesus years after her son's crucifixion and struggling with guilt, anger, and feelings that her son is not the son of God and that His sacrifice was not for a worthy cause
The empty family : stories by Colm Tóibín( Book )
40 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,928 libraries worldwide
A collection of short fiction includes "The Street," in which Pakistani workers in Barcelona pursue a taboo affair; and "Two Women," in which a taciturn Irish set designer confronts repressed emotions while working in her homeland
The blackwater lightship : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )
59 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,671 libraries worldwide
Helen, her mother, and her grandmother come together to care for Helen's terminally ill brother
The Penguin book of Irish fiction ( Book )
21 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,205 libraries worldwide
"The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction represents the entire canon of Irish fiction in English from Jonathan Swift, born in 1667, to Emma Donoghue, born in 1969. In his comprehensive introduction Colm Toibin describes the particular difficulties faced by Irish writers before the twentieth century, which gave rise to forms of fiction that were strikingly different from the classic French and English novels of the nineteenth century. In a culture where certain connections between the writer and the reader - indeed between the individual and society itself - were absent, it was Gothic literature, with its menacing visions of crumbling houses and discontented peasants, that flourished."--Jacket
The story of the night : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Book )
45 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 1,156 libraries worldwide
In Argentina, Anglo teacher Richard Garay is recruited as a spy by the Americans and gradually comes to the conclusion he has sold his soul. A study of homosexuality in a country which disapproves of it and a look at what it meant to be of English origin at the time of the 1982 war between England and Argentina. By the author of The Heather Blazing
Mothers and sons : stories by Colm Tóibín( Book )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,148 libraries worldwide
A sequence of nine short works explores the intricate bonds between mothers and sons as reflected at pivotal junctures that shift the way each sees and understands the other
The heather blazing by Colm Tóibín( Book )
51 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,112 libraries worldwide
It is Ireland in the late twentieth century. Eamon Redmond is a judge in the Irish High Court who is beginning to discover how painfully unconnected he is from other human beings
New ways to kill your mother : writers and their families by Colm Tóibín( Book )
24 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 942 libraries worldwide
In his essay on Tennessee Williams, the author reveals an artist profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, he examines a world of family relations, and in Roddy Doyle's writing on his parents illuminates an Ireland reinvented. From John Cheever's journals he makes fresh this darkly comic misanthrope and his intimates. Educating an intellectual woman, Cheever remarked, is like letting a rattlesnake into the house. In pieces that range from the importance of aunts (and the death of parents) in the English nineteenth-century novel to the relationship between fathers and sons in the writing of James Baldwin and Barack Obama, the author illuminates the intimate connections between writers and their families, but also articulates the great joy of reading their work
The South by Colm Tóibín( Book )
62 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 899 libraries worldwide
Set in the 1950s, this is the story of Katherine Proctor who "flees husband, child and County Wexford (Ireland) for Spain. She, a Catalan lover, and another Irish emigre, painters all, fashion new worlds in their work while fighting past worlds in their lives."
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín( Sound Recording )
22 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 796 libraries worldwide
Eilis Lacey is unable to find a job in Ireland in the years following World War II. An Irish priest from Brooklyn, New York offers to sponser her to live an work in America, so she decides she must go leaving her mother and sister behind. She adapts to her new life by working in a department store and the pain of parting has subsided until she receives devastating news from home that threatens the promise of her future
Love in a dark time : and other explorations of gay lives and literature by Colm Tóibín( Book )
24 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 727 libraries worldwide
"Writing these pieces helped me to come to terms with things - with my own interest in secret, erotic energy (Roger Casement and Thomas Mann), my pure admiration for figures who, unlike me, weren't afraid (Wilde, Bacon, Almodovar), my abiding fascination with sadness (Elizabeth Bishop, James Baldwin), and indeed, tragedy (Thom Gunn and Mark Doty)." "In Love in a Dark Time, Colm Toibin looks at the life and work of some of the greatest and most influential artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in the main figures whose homosexuality remained hidden or oblique for much of their lives. Either by choice or necessity, being gay seemed to come second for many of these writers. Yet in their private lives, and also in the spirit of their work, the laws of desire changed everything for them and made all the difference." "Ranging from figures such as Oscar Wilde, born in the 1850s, to Pedro Almodovar, born nearly a hundred years later, this book studies how a changing world altered lives in ways both subtle and serious. Colm Toibin interweaves close reading of the work with detailed analysis of the personality behind the work to illuminating effect."--Jacket
The Irish famine : a documentary by Colm Tóibín( Book )
19 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 656 libraries worldwide
"This book opens a door to understanding all sides of this tragedy with an absorbing history provided by novelist Colm Toibin that is supported by a collection of key documents selected by historian Diarmaid Ferriter. An important piece of revisionist thinking, The Irish Famine: A Documentary is sure to become the classic primer for this lamentable period of Irish history."--Jacket
Mothers and sons by Colm Tóibín( Book )
31 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 534 libraries worldwide
Toibin's stated aim is to focus "on a moment in which an unspoken balance shifts" between mothers and sons. The whole collection looks at the mother-son dynamic not as connection but as severance. In The Use of Reason the central character is a criminal. Toibin unfurls the inevitability of his trajectory via abusive Catholic correctional institution, the death of his younger brother and the indifference of his alcoholic mother. A Song continues the theme of detachment caused by abandonment. A mother sings in a pub of unrequited love and betrayal, all the while staring at the son she left years before.In The Name of the Game, Nancy struggles to save her family after her husband dies penniless. In Famous Blue Raincoat Lisa relives the death of her sister years before, when her son Luke unearths the records the sisters had made together. A Priest in the Family amplifies the theme of abuse from the perspective of a mother. Three Friends deals with the death of a young man's mother. A Summer Job is a wonderful three-way plait about the changing relationship between a mother, her son and her mother, charting the way love transmutes into need and how need changes hands. In A Long Winter, a mother accused by her husband of alcoholism walks out. There is a terrible winter storm and she is feared lost in the mountains. After attempted searches, father and son realise they will have to await the thaw before they can locate her and that they will have to beat the vultures to her body
The testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín( Sound Recording )
11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 528 libraries worldwide
Provocative, haunting and indelible, this portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. Years after the crucifixion, Mary lives alone and refuses to help the authors of the Gospel. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was 'worth it'; nor that these mere men that followed him were holy disciples
Nora Webster : a novel by Colm Tóibín( Sound Recording )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 463 libraries worldwide
Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness
Lady Gregory's toothbrush by Colm Tóibín( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 463 libraries worldwide
This sharp and stylish biography redefines the woman George Bernard Shaw once described as 'the greatest living Irishwoman' - Augusta Gregory. A remarkable figure in Celtic history, she was married to an MP and land-owner, yet retained an unprecedented independence of both thought and deed, actively championing causes close to her heart. At once conservative and radical in her beliefs, she saw no conflict in idealizing and mythologizing the Irish peasantry, for example, while her landlord husband introduced legislation that would, in part, lead to the widespread misery, poverty and starvation of the Great Famine. Nevertheless, as founder of the Abbey Theatre, an outspoken opponent of censorship, and mentor, muse and mother-figure to W.B. Yeats, Augusta Gregory played a pivotal role in shaping Irish literary and dramatic history. Moreover, despite her parents' early predictions of spinsterhood, she was no matronly figure, engaging in a passionate affair while newly-wedded and, as she approached sixty, falling for a man almost twenty years her junior
The master a novel by Colm Tóibín( Sound Recording )
20 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 459 libraries worldwide
Tells the story of Henry James, a famous novelist born into one of America's intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War. James left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers. In stunningly resonant prose, Tóibín captures the loneliness and longing, the hope and despair of a man who never married, never resolved his sexual identity, and whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. Time and again, James, a master of psychological subtlety in his fiction, proves blind to his own heart
 
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Alternative Names
Colm Tóibín irischer Autor, Journalist und Literaturkritiker
Colm Tóibín irländsk poet
Colm Tóibín irsk poet
Colm Tóibín scrittore e critico letterario irlandese
Tóibíin, Colm 1955-
Tóibín, Colm
Toibin, Colm 1955-
Тойбин, Колм
טובין, קולם 1955-
טויבין, קולם 1955-
칼럼 토이빈
トビーン, コルム
科尔姆·托宾
Languages
English (594)
German (31)
Spanish (28)
French (24)
Italian (17)
Dutch (12)
Danish (10)
Polish (8)
Hebrew (5)
Catalan (5)
Portuguese (3)
Chinese (2)
Croatian (2)
Czech (2)
Vietnamese (1)
Serbian (1)
Multiple languages (1)
Swedish (1)
Norwegian (1)
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